Featuring songs like Duke Ellington's It Don't Mean a Thing," Bob Thiele's What a Wonderful World," John Coltrane's Syeeda's Song Flute," and originals from the WeBop classroom, the CD covers the full range of jazz music from New Orleans marches and Delta blues to free jazz. All are welcoming to listeners of every age, inviting families to move, sing, and play together. On this recording we gathered an amazing cast who maintain a joyous sense of immaturity," says Wilson, whose own children sing on the CD. The sessions were like a big play date. We gave them the music and allowed them to create in the sonic sandbox. I believe the results are remarkablemore than a 'children's record,' it's a family record that parents and kids can enjoy together."
The CD, which will be available nationwide (and globally as a digital release), includes a booklet with listening tips for parents, supplemental online activities, a short documentary on the making of WeBop and a music video for the classroom favorite, Shakey Shake Shake."
Study after study shows the many wonderful developmental benefits of music education in early childhood," said Todd Stoll, JALC's Director of Education. As such, WeBop is a major part of our mission at JALC. Jazz is a music that touches everyone. We are excited about the possibility of children, parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents sharing in the good feeling that the WeBop CD creates and we hope to develop a lifelong appreciation of the music."
WeBop complements Jazz at Lincoln Center's acclaimed early childhood music education program of the same name. Named best music class in the city" by New York Family, this interactive jazz class for children ages 8 months to 5 years and their caregivers invites families to explore their creativity and musicality through jazz concepts, instruments, and great performers. WeBop classes are held at the Louis Armstrong Classroom at New York City's Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
THE WEBOP FAMILY BAND: Matt Wilson, drums, music director; Jeff Lederer, tenor and alto saxophones, flute, recorder; Marcus Printup, trumpet; Vincent Gardner, trombone; Martin Wind, bass; Doug Wamble, guitar, vocals; Adam Platt, piano, toy piano; Candido Camero, congas; Patrice Turner, vocals; Miles Griffith, vocals; Tim Sullivan, baritone saxophone, vocals; Xenia Rubinos, vocals; Charenee Wade, vocals; Bob Stewart, Tuba; Max Storcevic-Castro, percussion; Gary Versace, toy piano; and the Webop kids
REPERTOIRE: (Songs with * are WeBop ritual songs)
- Good Morning Blues * (Ledbetter)
- Shakey Shake Shake * (Custodero)
- It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Thing) (Ellington)
- Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop (Hampton)
- Playin' Together * (Turner)
- Night Train (Ellington)
- When the Saints Go Marching In (traditional)
- Manteca (Gillespie/Pozo)
- Food That You Like To Eat (Salt Peanuts) (Gillespie)
- Free Jazz Adventure: Free / Itsy Bitsy Spider / Infant Happiness / Bingo (Coleman, Traditional, Cherry, Traditional)
- Syeeda's ABCs (Syeeda's Song Flute) (Coltrane)
- My Style (Nutty) (Monk)
- Your Own Blues (Wamble)
- What a Wonderful World (Thiele)
- Goodbye My New Friends * (Turner)